(1.) A district in Egypt
and his family settled, and in which they remained till the Exodus
; 46:28, 29, 31, etc.). It is called "the land of Goshen" (47:27), and also simply "Goshen" (46:28), and "the land of Rameses" (47:11; Ex. 12:37
), for the towns Pithom
lay within its borders; also Zoan
). It lay on
of the Nile,
and apparently not far from the royal residence. It was "the best of the land" (Gen. 47:6
, 11), but is now a desert.
It is first mentioned in Joseph's message to his father.
It has been identified with the modern Wady Tumilat, lying between the eastern part of the Delta and the west border of Palestine.
It was a pastoral district, where some of the king's cattle
were kept (Gen. 47:6
). The inhabitants were not exclusively Israelites (Ex. 3:22; 11:2; 12:35
(2.) A district in Palestine (Josh. 10:41; 11:16
). It was a part of the maritime plain
and lay between Gaza
(3.) A town in the mountains of Judah (Josh. 15:51